#. the city shimmered with news that the prince of wales was visiting. in his honor, a group of leading citizens was organizing a ball. society men trimmed their mustaches, clipped their whiskers. women twisted their curls, and at 9 p.m., the evening of friday, october 12th, excited couples who paid $10 a piece, arrived at the academy of music on irving place. men in suits and tails, and women in a blaze of jewels gave aren't we special nods to acquaintances and friends. the orchestra played "god save the queen," and the slight small prince stepped into the room. for two hours, nearly 3,000 of new york's finest citizens rushed like schoolgirls to meet him, and in the mad crush, the wooden floor collapsed. [laughter] nevermind, no one was hurt. [laughter] the band played, the guests rushed to follow, and delivery waiters piled plates with filet of beef, lobster salad, patee, and filled glasses with champaigne. at 2 a.m., the dance floor fixed, strains could be heard, and eager females, young and old, waited their turn for a dance, and timely, the young woman from new bedford was tapped.